From Jibrin Miachi, Kaduna
A Kaduna based Islamic Scholar, Sheikh Dr. Ahmed Abubakar Gumi, has appealed to Muslims to shun negative campaign and accept polio vaccination among other routine immunization for the wellbeing of their children.
Dr. Abubakar, son of the late revered Islamic Scholar, Abubakar Gumi made the appeal at a Ramadan Breakfast organized by an NGO, Journalists Initiative on Immunization Against Polio (JAP), Kaduna State Chapter.
Sheikh Gumi who debunked the claim in some quarters that polio vaccine was hazardous to child bearing, assured parents that the vaccines and other routine immunizations are safe and necessary for healthy development and growth of their children.
According to hum, “Polio and other communicable diseases are very dangerous to life and healthy growth of infants”.
Consequently, he stressed the need for parents to support government by availing their children for related vaccination/immunization with a view to addressing them in the country.
While commending the World Health Organization (WHO) for its effort which saw to the eradication of smallpox among others in the world, he noted with satisfaction the same effort with which the organization is pursuing the fight against polio in Nigeria.
“For a success, I wish to call on parents to join hands with health personnel, vaccinators and stakeholders for the health benefit of their kids.
Pregnant women, most especially in the rural areas, always visit health centres for medication and advice for health and that of your expected child,” he appealed.
Earlier in his speech, the JAP Coordinator, Kaduna State chapter, Alhaji Lawal Dogara, said “the NGO is committed towards educating the parents and caregivers through social mobilization on the importance of polio vaccination/routine immunization especially in the non-compliance settlements”.
He expressed appreciation with Sheikh Ahmed Abubakar Gumi among other Islamic religion clerics for encouraging the targeted audience to avail themselves for vaccination and immunization programme in the state.